The Core Class

"Every day I use what I have learned. To be a team player, to listen to the opinions of others, to try to be empathetic to the needs of others, and go that second mile. Not a day goes by that I'm not thankful for the opportunity to go through a program like Leadership Lancaster."
-1993 Core Class Graduate

Leadership Lancaster challenges participants from diverse backgrounds to assume effective, more active volunteer roles in addressing community needs.

The Core Class program runs September through May and includes twelve full day sessions and one evening session. Requirements include program attendance, small group project, community board observation, arts and culture observation, and government observation.

The topics covered include: public education, public policy, economic development, law & justice, arts community, health and human services and a county tour. Skills covered include: consensus and coalition building, inclusion, negotiation, collaboration and team building, trusteeship, visioning, conflict mediation and resolution, facilitation, personal evaluation, and problem solving and decision making.

Tuition cost is $2,100 per person, ($150 of this amount must be paid by the participant personally) with a limited number of scholarships available. Graduation from the class does not signify the end, but the beginning of a lifetime of opportunities. It is expected that alumni, as trustees of Lancaster, will become active participants in positive change.

Core Class of 2017

Joy Ashley, Ephrata Public Library
Meredith Beiler, Atomic Design, Inc.
Robb Beiler, Benchmark Construction Company, Inc.
Michael Bingham, ARRO Consulting, Inc
Laura Bomberger, North Group Consultants
Christopher Boyd, Conexus, Inc.
Sara Bruton, Simon Lever LLP
Briana Callahan, Stoudt Advisors
Nicole Carbo, The H and H group/The Junior League of Lancaster
Sarah Centini, RLPS Architects
Jonathan Clark, Reinsel Kuntz Lesher LLP
Abigail Curtin, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Carla DeWald, Lancaster General Health
Lija Diem Stoltzfus, The Common Wheel
Nakia Eckert, Harrisburg Area Community College (Lancaster Campus)
Audrey Fiske-Esbenshade, The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Jamie Frey, Community First Fund
JE Front, Penske Truck Leasing
Amanda Godley, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
Joshua Griffith, Fulton Bank
John Groft, Kegel's Produce
Matthew Grosh, Herr and Low, PC
Brittany Grothey, Traffic Control Services, LLC dba Flagger Force
Paula Haines, Keystone Human Services
Janet Hartle, Community Services Group
Briana Hess, Lancaster County Magazine
Matthew Hess, Fulton Bank
Jennifer Hill, ParenteBeard Wealth Management
Justin Johnson, ELANCO School District
Craig Kazda, Quantum Dynamix, LLC
Michael Kipphorn, Four Seasons Produce Inc.
Nick Kohr, Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority
Amber Kreger, Central Penn College
Olivia Leaman, ARRO Consulting, Inc.
Elizabeth Low, Herr and Low, PC
Wendy Marshall, Fulton Financial Corporation
Lauren McAteer, Andculture/The Junior League of Lancaster
Lindsey McGuire, Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority
Michael McKenna, Community Action Program of Lancaster County
Michele Metzler, Luthercare
Brock Miller, Benjamin Roberts, Ltd.
Emily Miller,
David Myers, Cornerstone Operations Group
Lori Peiffer, Sight and Sound Theatre
Chad Peters, CS Davidson, Inc
Sean Post, Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP
Brenda Riehl, SouthEast Lancaster Health Services
Dawn Ruppert, Union Community Bank
Jana Salaki, Wellspan Health
Shaylene Scheib, Philhaven's Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities
Kirk Schlotzhauer, Lancaster County Career and Technology Center
David Schneider, High Concrete Group
Andrew Shearer, Messick Farm Equipment
Leonel Silva, Children Deserve a Chance Foundation
Jeremy Skoloda, Engle Hambright & Davies
Emily Stednick, The Lancaster Family YMCA
Jesse Steffy, Align Financial
Christiana Sternberg, Central Penn Business Journal
Todd Stoltzfus, F.N.B. Corporation
Kathleen Stoner, Jonestown Bank & Trust Company
Ramsey Sybel, Warfel Construction Company
Sandra Valdez, Spanish American Civic Association
Samantha Vollrath, Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership
Colleen Wagner, Lancaster City Alliance
Katherine Walsh, Lancaster County Housing and Redevelopment Authorities
Melissa Wisniewski, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology

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